CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Senate committee leaders anticipate modifying a House bill that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
The bill passed this week in the House and is on Tuesday's agenda in the Senate Health Committee.
Health Committee Chair Ron Stollings said he suspects the committee may want to address the bill's harsh punishments for anyone who performs an abortion after 20 weeks. The bill now states those convicted could face 1 to 5 years in jail and be fined up to $5,000.
Stollings also said obstetricians have raised concern the bill does not include an exception for non-viable fetuses.
Judiciary Chair Corey Palumbo said West Virginia is one of nine states that don't have a time limitation on abortion, though most states have a 24-week cutoff.